Asus Eee Pad Transformer PrimeAvid Android devotees have been sitting on pins and needles for nearly 3 weeks. They are in rabid anticipation of the Transformer tablet, that ASUS chairman Jonney Shih gave a sneak preview of at the AsiaD conference last month. Granted, it was only a sneak peek, but he rattled off a list that got the salivary gland juicing up: 8.3mm thick, 10.1-inch screen, microSD slot and mini-HDMI out, plus an Ice Cream update before year’s end. And this will be the first quad-core tablet, with NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 SoC. I bet that got your attention.

The going price for the tablet, beginning in December, will be a mere $499 at 32G storage and $599 at 64G. The additional docking with keyboard will run you $149. There is more to the specs on this baby, too. The screen is a Super IPS+ display, composed of Gorilla Glass, at 1280×800 resolution. ASUS included its own technology to brighten the screen for outdoor viewing. It boasts a 600 nits brightness and 178-degree viewing angle.

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